In all except for one game so far this season, the Brewers either get great hitting or great pitching, hardly ever both.
In this one the Brewers offense started out good, scoring two runs in the first, one on a solo blast by Johnathon Villar and another on a double by Travis Shaw, which drove in Eric Thames.
The Brewers added two more in the fourth, on a two run jack by Nick Franklin. Franklin was just added off of waivers on Wednesday after being dropped by the Rays. He was out of Minor League options so Milwaukee brought him right up to the Majors and he was able to start last night due to an injury to Ryan Braun.
None of that was enough to slow down the onslaught of the damage done by Kris Bryant’s breakout out game after a slow start to the season. The Cubs third baseman had three hits, three RBI and a run scored as he got his season going and led Chicago to a profound victory.
The Brewers had a small attempt at a comeback in the ninth as catcher, Jett Bandy, launched a two run dinger to center to get the crowd on their feet but that was it.
Brewers starter, Tommy Milone, who was promoted from the bullpen for, Junior Guerra, who suffered a sprained calf on opening day, was rocked for 4 earned runs, on 9 hits, in 4 innings. Milone did good against the Cubbies the first time through the lineup but after that it was a disaster.
“They have a really good lineup.” said Milone, “They learn off their first at-bat. That’s what makes them really good.
The Brewers bullpen didn’t do much better. Jhan Marinez, took the loss and fell to 0-2 after giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned, on 4 hits in just over 2 innings pitched. If there is anything positive to be taken from Marinez’s outing it’s that he struck out 4 batters in that short amount of time. Brent Suter was the other Brewers reliever who struggled as he pitched one inning and gave up 4 earned runs, on 4 hits and two walks.
The encouraging news for the Brewers is that they were able to get 4 runs off of Cubs Ace, Kyle Hendricks in the first four innings.
The Brewers still have a chance to win the opening series against the Cubs this afternoon. Chicago will send right-hander, Jake Arrieta against right-hander Zach Davies for the Brewers.